Grain Barge


Every Friday night we showcase quality live music from established and up-and-coming acts.
Doors open at 8pm.

"...Grain Barge is hot on Thekla's heels for nailing some of those local musicians on the cusp of stardom."
Bristol 24-7



Friday 22nd August, 8pm
£5 on the door

Six strong indie collective from Cornwall. With trumpets... here's some good things that they say....

"A reason to dance around your bedroom"
Gold Flake Paint

“Fire Island Pines clearly know their Smiths, Pulp and Felt... "

"finely appointed, gentlemanly pop"
Clicky Clicky Music

“An uplifting jangle of intricately woven melodies“
Art is Hard Records Blog

“The shy sophisticate sensitivity of Felt meets the swoon of early Postcard jangle”
Folly of Youth



Tim Crabtree’s voice burns at the centre of the Paper Beat Scissors sound with an honesty and rawness that skirts discomfort. The Paper Beat Scissors live show is an intense and intimate experience – solo finger-picked laments are paired with live loops and a haunting voice that slips into the music, then darts back out to pull the listener in

“Absolutely stunning… wonderful… startling and beautiful”
‘Whispering’ Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2

“Crabtree’s voice yearns… Soon you’ll be drawn deep inside these enormously powerful layers of sound”
★★★★ – Rolling Stone Magazine

“This isn’t merely indie folk music: Paper Beat Scissors is a genuine work of effortless art.”
Pop Matters



Friday 29th August, 8pm
£4 on the door

Zeitgeist are a contemporary jazz / progressive rock band formed in Leeds in 2011. They play original music with the improvisation and rhythmic complexity of jazz, yet with the high energy delivery and big sound of modern rock and metal. They have been performing across the country over the past three years and are currently in the process of releasing their debut self-titled album. Listen

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Friday 5th September, 8pm
£4 on the door

Dirty Luck are a five piece band from Bristol, that mixes the infectiousness of soul and pop with the grit of funk. No one can resist the strong melodies and deep grooves that feature catchy riffs and cool lyrics for bad lovers - all born from musical and songwriting talent of the highest quality.
Creating original material and giving a soul/funk twist to covers, including Shy FX, Stevie Wonder, Angie Stone, Nirvana, to name but a few



Thursday 11th September, 7.30pm
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Formed as a solo project in 2009 by songwriter HOLLIE FULLBROOK, the band now includes bassist Cass Basil and drummer Alexander Freer. While continuing to be based in their native New Zealand, Tiny Ruins has spent much of the past three years touring throughout Australia, Europe & the US, opening for artists such as Beach House, Joanna Newsom, Fleet Foxes, Father John Misty, The Handsome Family and Calexico.

Lyrically ambiguous and poignant, the songs roughly follow in the traditions of folk and blues that Fullbrook has drawn on in the past, engaging moods both hopeful and world-weary. Yet there is more of an expansive approach to this album - where debut “Some Were Meant for Sea” presented a host of characterful vignettes, “Brightly Painted One” follows a journey, cyclical and whole, with tones falling between dream pop and folk-blues.



Friday 12th September, 8pm
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Sean Talbot’s Landslide Purist project finds him at the keys composing intricate, melancholic and deranged piano sonatas. Joined by long term collaborator SJ Esau on vocals and percussion.


"The fabulous North Sea Navigator blend strings, portentous piano, quietly malevolent harmonies and softly abrasive FX. Deliciously pretty but subtly unsettling, like 'It's A Wonderful Life' with Jimmy Stewart replaced by Klaus Kinski."


Christelle from Vena Cava creates dense, elysian, psychedelic, ghostly noise compositions.



Friday 19th September, 8pm
£5 adv tickets available from Bristol Ticket Shop click here to buy.

The three solo artists are joining forces to create a night of ‘guitar mayhem’ which sees them each performing a solo set, along with a few numbers together.



Wednesday 24th September, 7.30pm
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“Arguably the most staggering live musician in the country.” - SONNY BAKER, MOJO

DAVID THOMAS BROUGHTON occupies a contentious position, divides opinion, unsettles, is self-consciously clumsy, hilarious, beautiful but above all memorable. You’ve never seen anything like it before.

Walls of noise and layers of beauty interweave and delight at every turn. Many people use loops these days. Broughton includes the glitches, mistakes, and the resulting comedy in his act, works with what he has, and moves on.




Friday 10th October, 8pm
£5 on the door
Jersey-born Ant Noel is a Wells & Bristol-based musician creating original music which can loosely be described as folk-rock.

The Peabody Drakes formed out of members of Ant's 'Hurricane Rising' band, with the addition of ace rhythm section Anneka Johnson and Alex Pearson.

In July 2014, Ant is releasing his new full solo album 'The Water's Line', aided by not only members of the Peabody Drakes, but also talented musicians Rob Vasey (vocals & guitar) , Dan Ashby (banjo) and Sophie Anton (flute).



Friday 24th October, 8pm
£6 Advance tickets: click here to buy

Operating well beyond the remit of alt-folk, Cocos Lovers (pronounced Co-Coss) are a distinctive musical force, seamlessly channeling influences from Africa, the US Deep South and several other real and imagined corners of the globe, while staying ever faithful to their Kentish roots.

Hailing from the small but musically rich town of Deal, they are a close-knit 7-piece band of family, friends and former au pairs. Their music swells with powerful choir-like harmonies and glorious widescreen melodies, and they’ve earned a reputation for fantastic live performances with an ever-changing instrumental line-up of mandolin, banjo, acoustic and electric guitars, harmonica, violin, musical saw, flute and a unique blend of drums and percussion. Listen


Hot Feet are a folk rock band from Stroud, Gloucestershire, made up of Marianne Parrish (vocals), Jack Page (guitar), Lachlan McLellan (bass) and Rob Pemberton; (drums).
The band draw together a range of musical influences including delta blues, sixties folk and world rhythms. Clamorous in places, delicate in others; sometimes offering raucous, earthy uproar and a wistful, yearning narrative within the same song. Listen


The Magic Lantern is the moniker of London based musician Jamie Doe who writes and sings songs that sound deceptively spare and starkly beautiful, but which open up to reveal a warmth, humor and wisdom that belies his age. With an immediately arresting voice that has been compared variously to Jeff Buckley and Chet Baker, The Magic Lantern’s first album ‘A World In A Grain of Sand’ (Hectic Eclectic Records) garnered much praise for its bewitching mix of folk, jazz and shades of contemporary classical music. His second album ‘Love of Too Much Living’ is a record stripped back to the essentials, and is due to be released on Smugglers Records in the Autumn of 2014. Listen


Monday 20th October, 8pm
£7.50 Advance tickets: click here to buy

"stark songs and breakneck picking"
New York Times

"among the world's finest folk practitioners"
Toronto Star

"one of the best voices in music"
T Bone Burnett

Tim Eriksen is acclaimed for transforming American tradition with his startling interpretations of old ballads, love songs, shape-note gospel and dance tunes from New England and Southern Appalachia.

He combines hair-raising vocals with inventive accompaniment on banjo, fiddle, guitar and bajo sexto - a twelve string Mexican acoustic bass - creating a distinctive hardcore Americana sound that ranges from the bare bones of solo unaccompanied singing to lush, multi-layered arrangements.

Eriksen's other notable work has included extensive contributions to Anthony Minghella's 2004 Oscar-winning film Cold Mountain as well as collaborations ranging from hardcore punk and Bosnian pop to symphony orchestra and the 2010 Grammy-nominated album Across the Divide with Afro-Cuban world-jazz pianist Omar Sosa. Listen


Nuala Honan, country singer-songwriter from rural South Australia releases her debut album The Tortoise in May 2013, the first to come out of Bristol studio ‘The Woodshed’, bringing the fireside honesty of country back to her music community.

Nuala’s lyrical honesty and the fiercely independent environment that the album has emerged from combine to ensure that The Tortoise has an authenticity that commercial country so often lacks.​

Nuala has that uncanny ability to write new songs that sound like they have been written before, somehow conjuring the sense that the lyrics have been worn smooth by the passage of time. Listen

Previously on our stage...

Sam Amidon, Alasdair Roberts & Olivia Chaney, Andy Sheppard, Bob Lind, Emily Portman, Diane Cluck, Curtis Eller, Gravenhurst, Dan Michaelson, Dan Haywood, Beth Porter & The Availables, Myshkin, Joseph Arthur, Rene Lopez, Ottersgear, Willard Grant Conspiracy, Orchestre Tout Puissant Marcel Duchamp, Goan Dogs, Howlin' Lord, Schnauser, Glis Glis, Joyce The Librarian, Boxcar Aldous Huxley, Annette Berlin, Clayton Blizzard, Daisy Chapman, Robin Nolan Trio, Sheelanagig, Hinkley Veltones, The Dukes of Mumbai, Ant Noel & The Peabody Drakes, Matt Alber, Twin Falls, I Am Horse, SJ Esau, Thomas Ford, Medicine Creek, Gerard & The Watchmen, Snowapple, The Duckworths, Stevie-Jo Dooley, The Veees, Eyebrow, My Two Toms, Phil King, War Against Sleep, Jim Evans, Lonely Tourist, Jilk, Snorkel, Three Cane Whale, Pete Roe, Duotone, This is The Kit, Message to Bears, Protest Crayon, Pepino, The Rumble O's, Hot Feet, Ygnve & The Innocent, Bert Miller & The Animal Folk, The Liftmen, Georgia Ruth, French for Rabbits, Eastpole Orchestra, Coppe, Woodpecker Woooliams, Empty Pools, Crowhailer, Burgess & Slide, The Bad Joke That Ended Well, The Relay Rips, Menage a Trois, The Brackish, The Rin Tins, Shambolique, Rachael Dadd, Ichi, Rozi Plain, The Kestor String Band, The Weary Band, Something Anorak, The May Birds, Sam Brookes, Anne Janelle & James Hill, North Sea Navigator, Mizizi, RM Hubbert, Mama Nice, Liz Green, Rita Lynch, Lisa Knapp, Ruth Gordon, Gavin Osborn, MJ Hibbett, Grace Petrie, Tiny Ruins, Kate Tempest, Two Wings